SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
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"Downtown Y" Photos
|This page last updated April 26, 2010
are historical photos of the "Downtown Y"
photos were compiled from a number of sources
including old San Antonio-Bexar County Urban Transportation Study
(SABCUTS) planning documents, the TxDOT photo library, the San Antonio
TxDOT district office, and the personal collections of the myself and
former local Highway Department engineer.
Locations are given using the present-day roadway names. The
photos are arranged so that pictures from the same approximate location
are grouped together in chronological order. Miscellaneous
photos follow at the end.
San Antonio's first interchange, this appears to have been a favorite
photo spot over the years.
to return to the historical photo galleries page.
to return to the I-10 West media gallery page.
to return to the I-35 North media gallery page.
to return to the I-35 South media gallery page.
to northbound I-35 from inbound I-10
This exit was originally the exit for Santa Rosa Blvd. (then
N. Laredo St.) as well as being the exit for northbound I-35, which was
accessed via a cloverleaf ramp on the other side of the
underpasses. This exit is in the same approximate location as
today's connector to Santa Rosa under I-35. To the right, you
can see where the original ramp to continue east on I-10 was closed--
work was just beginning to lower this roadway to pass under the new
I-35 southbound exit to Martin St., the pillars for which you can see
in the background, as well as under Martin St. itself before connecting
with the new expressway south of there. You can see the
finished roadway in the 1965 and 1975 photos below.
inbound just before the Y
This is a rare photo of the original construction
project. Note the pedestrian overpass that was at this
location until it was removed as part of the project that rebuilt the
interchange in the late 1980s; the pictures above were taken from that
distance, you can see the ramp to continue on eastbound I-10/southbound
I-35 is closed as discussed previously.
I-10 approaching I-35
Notice the construction of the Tower of the Americas in the
background at the left.
at the Y looking west
This photo was taken from the outbound I-10 overpass over the
Santa Rosa Blvd. exit.
at the Y looking east
This roadway on the left is the Santa Rosa (N. Laredo St.)
exit ramp and the bridge is the overpass leading to outbound I-10 from
Martin St. Note that I-35 had not been built yet.
the same overpass as the photo above. I-35 had been built by
west at I-10 at the Y
This photo shows San Pedro Creek, which today is mostly
underground at this location. Today's "Finesilver Curve"
would be at the right of this photo. The bridge in the center
of the photo is the same one in the photo above this one but viewed
from the other side.
outbound I-10 at the Y looking east
This is a view looking back along San Pedro Creek from
beneath the overpass seen in the previous picture. I-35 is
under construction at this time.
of Downtown Y interchange looking northwest along I-10
The cloverleaf ramp at the lower right connected inbound I-10
traffic to northbound I-35.
of Downtown Y interchange looking east
the Finesilver Curve (I-35 southbound to I-10 outbound)
pedestrian bridge over inbound I-10 at the Y looking west
from I-35 northbound to I-10 outbound
This ramp is still in use today with only some minor
modifications made during the reconstruction project in the late '80s.
east over the interchange
At the far left, you can see cars exiting to the cloverleaf
ramp to I-35 northbound.